If you’re looking for a small slice of paradise that also has plenty to do, then Menorca might just be the place you’re looking for! This Balearic Island has a diverse landscape full of off-road trails and coves to paddle through. The small scale of this island means its experiences are often personalised and run by dedicated locals. With that in mind, what should families try when they visit Menorca?
The shores of Menorca are gentle enough to take the kids kayaking, and you’ll find plenty of rentals to choose from. Kayaking is simple to learn and fun for both kids and adults. From Cala en Porter, it’s said that you will find incredible geological formations in the cliffs and caves, with opportunities for other activities such as snorkelling. It’s a bit of work on the bicep muscles, but kayaking is a great sunshine sport for the holidays!
If kayaking sounds too much like hard work, then letting someone (or an engine) do the hard work for you might be more your cup of tea. These are in larger groups, and they explore areas such as the Cala Galdana and along strings of gorgeous coves along the shoreline. Some places provide snorkelling masks and the opportunity to dive off the side of the boat to see the wonders underneath the blue waters. Menorca holidays mean finding yourself a place that’s near the sea breeze and just a walk away from local restaurants, the perfect way to end a day out on the waves.
Camí de Cavalls coastal path
This one’s a long one – although by no means are you obliged to traverse all of it! This ancient bridle path tracks the coastal route for 185 km, providing some of that much-demanded Menorca beach scenery that you probably came here for. If your family love walking and exploring, Menorca has you covered for stunning views. It’s well signposted and goes through wetlands and valleys with lighthouses along the way to excite the kids.
While 4×4 safaris might be associated with sandier, more exotic continents such as the Middle East and Africa, you might be surprised to know that Jeep safaris are one of the top attractions in Menorca. This method of travel enables you to explore landscapes that aren’t accessible by a mere two-wheel drive vehicle. Books with a reputable company with your very own guide and personalise your tour depending on the things you’re interested in. You’ll see some of Menorca’ most stunning viewpoints and rugged landscapes.
Teaching your kids the joys of snorkelling or the team-work involved in kayaking will create memories to last you into the future. Fresh seafood paella for the mums and dads and pizza after a hard day’s swimming for the kids ensures that everyone is fed, watered and happy. Choosing somewhere like Menorca that has the scenery to boast about but the gentleness to swim in means your family will have plenty to do that is also child-friendly.
Have you ever been to Menorca? What are your top tips?
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